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Bryan · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government

  • Fall 2020
  • Sections 55E CRN-19124, 55F CRN-19125
  • 3 Credits
  • 10/19/2020 to 12/10/2020
  • Modified 08/17/2020

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 10:35 AM to 11:50 PM, A106

Contact Information

Professor: Mr. Joseph Denman

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Online


Government 2305 is a study of the organization, functions, and administration of the several branches and agencies of the national government, including a study of the federal constitution. The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events. Emphasis will be placed on the interaction of these subsystems. 48 contact hours. Credit: Three semester hours.


Student must be college reading ready according to Texas Success Initiatives Standards (TSI). Please see the Catalog section under Texas Success Initiative.

Core Curriculum Statement

Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge in human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. For details relating to this core course, please see:


Explain the origin and development of constitutional democracy in the United States.

Demonstrate knowledge of the federal system.

Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice.

Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government.

Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in the political system.

Analyze the election process.

Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

Analyze issues and policies in U.S. politics.




  • EDITION:  12E
  • ISBN: 9780393431261


Course Requirements


Exams # 1-4 will be multiple choice with 50 questions covering the material covered for each unit. The Final will be cumulative with 100 multiple choice questions. Make-Up exams will be given for school organization trips, religious activities with documentation, medical emergencies with documentation, and family emergencies with documentation and will vary from the original format. Those needing to take make-up exams will have one week to arrange the exam. School trips & religious activities need to arrange at least one day in advance.

Research Assignments

Study the readings assigned and answer the attached questions. The question and answer should be typed in a word document with Times New Roman, 12 point font.  All citations must be cited correctly internally and in the works cited page in MLA format. The paper is due in the ecampus classroom on test day for each unit.


Quizzes are assigned for each chapter. Quizzes will consist of 5 questions over the assigned readings or lecture. Quizzes cannot be made up or taken afterwards, unless on a school approved trip or religious activity with documentation. 



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Exams 600 points

There will be four regular exams worth a maximum of one hundred points per exam. There will also be a cumulative final exam worth a maximum of two hundred points.

Research Assignment 200 points

There will be four research assignments worth a maximum of one hundred points per assignment. Only the two highest scores will be recorded.

Quizzes 200 points

There will be twenty quizzes worth a maximum of ten points per quiz.


Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes
A 900-1000 points
B 800-899 points
C 700-799 points
D 600-699 points
F 0-599 points

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Information about the changes Blinn has made to the Fall semester: Back with Blinn.

"Q" Drop Date

The last day to drop the course with a "Q" grade is Monday, November 30th.


Week One

Meeting Details




Monday, October 19, 2020





Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Welcome & Orientation



Wednesday, October 21, 2020




Thursday, October 22, 2020

Chapter 2: Constitutional Development



Friday, October 23, 2020

Chapter 12: Congress



Week Two





Monday, October 26, 2020





Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Chapter 8: Campaigns



Wednesday, October 28, 2020




Thursday, October 29, 2020

Chapter 10: Elections



Friday, October 30, 2020

Chapter 9: Political Parties & Exam #1



Week Three





Monday, November 02, 2020





Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Chapter 13: Presidency



Wednesday, November 04, 2020




Thursday, November 05, 2020

Chapter 14: Bureaucracy



Friday, November 06, 2020

Chapter 16: Economic Policy & Chapter 17: Social Policy



Week Four





Monday, November 09, 2020





Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Chapter 18: Foreign Policy



Wednesday, November 11, 2020




Thursday, November 12, 2020

Chapter 15: Judiciary



Friday, November 13, 2020

Chapter 1: Political Culture & Exam #2



Week Five










Monday, November 16, 2020





Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Chapter 6: Public Opinion



Wednesday, November 18, 2020




Thursday, November 19, 2020

Chapter 7: Media



Friday, November  20, 2020

Chapter 3: Federalism & Exam #3



Week Six





Monday, November 23, 2020





Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Chapter 4: Civil Liberties



Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Blinn Holiday



Thursday, November 26, 2020

Blinn Holiday



Friday, November 27, 2020

Blinn Holiday

Film: Big Sky, Big Money



Week Seven





Monday, November 30, 2020





Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Chapter 5: Civil Rights



Wednesday, December 02, 2020




Thursday, December 03, 2020

Chapter 11: Interest Groups



Friday, December 04, 2020

Film: Freedom Riders & Exam #4



Week Eight





Monday, December 07, 2020





Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Final Exam
















Total Contact Hours